GHS Newsletter, January 2014
Welcome to 2014--
Construction of the new Greenfield High School continues on with all the windows in place and the exterior walls completed. We can now see the brick façade that is complete on the south side of the building. Inside, the plumbing and electric is steadily progressing and interior wall studs are being installed. It is amazing to see how quickly the building is coming together. The start of the 2014-2015 school year will have the majority of teachers and students working and learning in this incredible space.
With the beginning of the second semester, I would like to encourage you to stay involved with your child’s academic progress. We will continue to provide afterschool study time for any students on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the library and with individual teachers. A late bus is also available on those days to take students home. Please encourage your student to attend whenever they need extra support. Also available is the Green Room that will provide students with after school academic and enrichment activities. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity please call the school and ask for Janice Marciniec.
Please pay special attention to the enclosed MCAS schedule. All 8th, 9th and 10th graders will need to be in attendance every day for the test schedule. Please plan appointments, and time out of school on alternate days to avoid testing issues
Please be aware of the school’s attendance policy—students should not miss more than ten days in a semester in order to receive credit for the class. Year long classes allow no more than 20 absences.
Donna Woodcock, Principal
Betty’s bench GHS class of ’65 names bench in honor of beloved school employee
By CHRIS SHORES Recorder Staff
GREENFIELD — Some day in the near future, after the new Greenfield High School is completed, reflective thinkers or weary souls will be able to rest outside and sit on a bench not far from the school’s entrance.
It’s a bench dedicated and engraved in honor of Betty Nee, a woman who graduated from Greenfield High School in 1952 and never left — staffing the school’s front office until her retirement in 1997 and then spending the past 16 years of retirement as a full-time volunteer.
The Class of 1965, whose members said they’ve adopted Nee as
an honorary member of their class, surprised her with the news during a bench dedication ceremony Wednesday. A handful of school officials and alumni attended the event.
Longtime Greenfield High School employee and volunteer Betty Nee sits on the bench given in her honor by the class of 1965. Richard Shortell, class of 1965, GHS Principal Donna Woodcock and School Superintendent Susan Hollins look on after the unveiling.
Source: Recorder, Paul Franz
Nee: Has been volunteering full time for years
Betty, I know you thought you got rid of us in 1965, but there’s just no way,” said T.J. Strahan, who came up with the idea to purchase the bench with fellow Greenfield resident and classmate Richard Shortell.
“When I was sent to the office ... she’d put me right down until I had to go in and see the principal,” said Strahan. “But I loved her for every minute of it. She always treated me with respect.”
Inside the high school’s small auditorium on Wednesday afternoon, Nee sat on the 4-foot bench and thanked the class for the early Christmas gift.
Nee organized her own high school graduation as a senior back in 1952 and has continued to do so every year for six decades. She saw the current high school open in the late 1950s and now has a front row seat for construction on the new $66 million building that’s scheduled to be completed in 2015.
“It’s been a long, wonderful time. So many times people are saying, ‘Why do you stay there? You can go somewhere else and get a lot more money,’” said Nee.
“I say, ‘Money is not the thing. It’s the satisfaction,’” she said. “The kids, no matter who they are, they always turn around and do a good job.”
School Committee member Donna Gleason, also part of the high school’s 1965 graduating class, has known and worked closely with Nee for nearly five decades.
“I think whether you’re a student, a teacher or an administrator, you’re treated with dignity and courtesy (by Nee),” she said. “This is her legacy that she gives to everybody.”
The bench, purchased by the class of 1965 and custom engraved with Nee’s name, is one of 18 benches placed around town, said Janine Greaves, the town’s recycling coordinator. The benches cost $570 each and are made with 100 percent recycled and splinter-free material.
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